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    I would love to know if the Ocean Clean-up Machine would still work as well out in the middle of the ocean hundreds of miles off shore instead of just off the coast of California. While I agree that it is a great place to start, what about when it is in the middle of the sea filled with garbage? The point of the machine is to clean the water, so then what at that point?

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    What is done with the plastic once it is collected by the vessel? I assume the obvious answer is that it will go back into a landfill.

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      Good point. I’ll see if the reports include details of disposal.

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      I am also curious about that as well. Until we have a solution for all this waste we are going to continue to move it around. While it has less potential for harm on land it certainly doesn’t solve the problem. A way to expand this story might be to link to theories and some of the solutions being proposed to help reduce the amount of plastic.

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        This is a good point, and discussion. From reading half a dozen reports, and the Ocean Cleanup website, I was none the wiser about the ultimate destination of the rubbish they collect. If anyone has time to comb the website for other information, or take it further, please do.

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    A great lead to follow.

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    Hi, I’m an oceanographer, although plastics are not my area of expertise. I’m very happy to see that WikiTribune has taken up this topic. I have two comments:

    1. I think there needs to be a link to support the quote “Isolated tropical islands with beaches covered with plastic trash are powerful evidence of degradation”? Here is one potential link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/38-million-pieces-of-plastic-waste-found-on-uninhabited-south-pacific-island

    2. Is there a link between ocean acidification and plastics pollution? As far as I’m aware, acidification is due to increased CO2 levels. I don’t think that it is necessary to include mention of ocean acidification, unless it is clearly part of a section about other sorts of human impacts on the ocean.

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      Thanks for the comments, Nathan, and especially the link to support the quote.
      I’m not a scientist so the link between acidifcation and plastics is (to my simple mind) part of the contamination of the seas. I’ll revisit the story in the next day or so as it’s a while since I looked at the first part.
      Do go in and add paragraphs if you would like to clarify these issues.

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        Made some edits now, Nate.

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    Steven has a point about all countries being to blame. But some countries perhaps have more resources to devote to dealing with these issues?

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    Hi Joseph, this is an open story, a WikiProject, and everyone is invited to contribute. If you have any relevant quotes please do add.

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      Okay. Thank you for replying.

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    You should maybe add some quotes from political leaders.

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    Some of the questions I would like to answer with the piece: What do plastics do to our oceans? How has the problem advanced in the 21st century? Who has the power to take action? What can be done, practically?

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    Things I think could be included: An explanation of how plastic break-down raises acid levels in the oceans – The effect on marine life – The effect on human life – The, if you like, cosmetic effect – in my mind is the false report that Malaysian flight MH370 had been found in 2014 – it was only a load of junk floating in the Southern Ocean.

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